22 March, 2015

Pope Francis in Naples: Meeting with clergy and religious -Joyless lives can't be hidden by priests and religious

If a priest or a sister is not living a joyful life, "people can smell it!" Pope Francis said yesterday to priests and men and women religious in Naples. It was part of a remarkable off-the-cuff speech, of which we only have snippets, of the type we call a "ferverino." "I prepared a speech," the pope said at the beginning of his talk, "but speeches are boring!"

He twitted priests and religious who live affluent lives, hang out with the rich, fail to live joyful lives, and forget to make Christ the center of their lives. These are invitations for all of us, not just priests and religious. Be sure to read the trenchant story of the woman religious and the 100-peso note.


Pope Francis in Naples: Meeting with clergy and religious

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